Health & Wellness Features
Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon....
Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease....
European court rules obesity can be a disability
LONDON (AP) -- Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday - a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff....
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states....
WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday....
Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's verdict on what do to with the living fetus....
FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie....
Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS....
AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....
Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola....
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs, forced unpaid days off for employees and possibly closure for a day here and there is one idea being tossed about to save money. In the recent budget deal, Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million to $10.9 billion . Since 2010 their ’ budget has been reduced by $1 billion. The agency was the only agencies that got a cut this year.
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